Each week, FADER Media Style Director Chioma Nnadi will comment on the throwback style and fashion of a Suite903 artist. Today’s Re-Issue: Black Uhuru.
A couple of summers ago, I did an interview with streetwear collective, 21MC. They'd made a series of clothes based around music that inspire them, including one particular poncho dedicated to "Youth of Eglington" by Black Uhuru. This is one of my favorite Uhuru tracks, not just because it jams but because it references one of my favorite neighborhoods in London. At the time this record was being made, Brixton was ablaze with riots, and this song is like a call to arms for those kids in the hood. I imagine back then that the fly girls and yardies around the way would have dressed a lot like Black Uhuru did, decked out in red leather suits, fitted bomber jackets and baker boy hats.
These days Brixton is a lot more bougie than it used to be, although it's definitely still the best place in the city to get a plate of curried goat, or a nice piece of jerk chicken. And every now and again you'll spot an old dread on the corner of Electric Avenue, rocking some crazy throwback outfit that could be a look straight out of Sly Dubar's 1981 wardrobe.